ABC News’ Jan Simmonds reports: Jeb Bush Jr., the son of the former Florida governor and nephew of President Bush, officially endorsed Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y., Thursday and will be joining the campaign as Chairman of Florida Young Professionals for Rudy.
In a statement released by the campaign, Bush said, "I know that Rudy has the leadership qualities and unmatched experience to be the next President of the United States. I’m honored to join his campaign and look forward to working with the many young professionals throughout Florida supporting the Mayor."
However, Jeb Bush Jr.’s endorsement is not necessarily an indicator of who his father will choose to support. As ABC News’ Rick Klein reported in May, the former Florida governor’s former aides have flocked to Romney’s camp over the past year. Bush associates add that the president’s brother has steered them to Romney when they have asked for advice on the presidential race.
Bush, age 23, currently resides in Miami where he works in the commercial real estate industry with Fairchild Partners. While Bush has stayed mostly behind the scenes during his father’s campaigns, he has been pushed to the forefront at times due to troubles with the law. Most recently in 2005, Bush was arrested and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest in Austin, Texas.
Rudy Giuliani begins a big three day swing through Florida tomorrow including a speech at the Florida Republican Party Presidential Forum on Saturday and the coinciding Fox News Debate on Sunday.